In a moving statement, a group of academics from Iranian universities have expressed their strong opposition to the intensifying economic sanctions against Iran and the harmful suspense of "neither war, nor peace", demanding unequivocal and long-lasting peace.
Statement by Iranian Academicians in Defence of Long-lasting Peace
The military occupation of our two neighbouring countries, Afghanistan and Iraq, the consequent unleashing of a bloody and destructive war in these countries, and the political and terrorism-related tensions in another neighbouring country, Pakistan, have all had a negative impact on our country.
Concerns about Pakistan's possession of nuclear weapons and the likelihood of extremist groups gaining access to these deadly weapons, extend beyond its immediate neighbours.
The common element in all three countries is the precedent background of dictatorial and intolerant regimes.
Because of this external climate of threat coupled with internal shortcomings and policies that are groundswell for domestic tension, Iran, although not directly at war, has suffered the negative impacts of a virtual war, that is, massive inflation, economic stagnation, and tighter political, technical and scientific restrictions.
The imposition of a "neither war, nor peace" situation has meant that neither human nor capital resources could be optimally utilised. The escaping of material resources, the migration of academicians and elite specialists, the drain of Iran's social capital, are just some of the consequences of this situation.
This is all at a time when the developed countries who are in need of Iran's fossil resources are using any means that they deem necessary to guarantee the uninterrupted flow of oil and gas to keep their economies alive.
We academicians, with a mission to advance the scientific and technical development of our country for the purpose of lasting welfare and sustainable development, wish to preserve scientific and research relations and cooperation with the developed world in a peaceful environment.
We believe disagreements and conflicts of interest between countries is not unusual, but that such cases can be and must be resolved through dialogue, interaction and of course with mutual respect.
Iranian academicians believe democracy, not as an imported and luxury commodity, but as a viable method of people's participation in major domestic and foreign decision makings and then defending the implementation of these decisions in practice, is the best method for governing the country.
Academicians with full knowledge of the devastating impact of the long war imposed on Iran by Iraq's dictatorial regime, which was initiated and maintained with the support of major world powers, are mindful of and express their utmost revulsion towards another war.
For this reason, academicians view avoidance and prevention of war, while protecting Iran's honour and integrity, as a national duty. The academicians are against the imposition of economic sanctions and the continuing state of "neither war, nor peace". They demand lasting peace.
Iran's academicians reach out and call on individual peace activists and all peace movements throughout the world to raise their voice against military interventions and the expansionist policies of warmongers.
We call on you to come together under an all inclusive and extensive coalition to oppose war and to work towards the establishment of a stable and lasting peace in the region.
Mohammad Hossein Rafiei
Mohammad Sadegh Rabbani
Mohammad Hossein Shabani
Ahmad Reza Saraeian
Amir Hossein Iraji
Seyed Rasoul Zakooei
Mohammad Bagher Beheshti
Bagher Sadr Nia
Zhila Movahhed Shariat Panahi
The original statement in Persian along with details for signatories is available here [.pdf]
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